This undated image provided by the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah shows one of five bald eagles that was brought into the center for care.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah

As winter snow melts and the warm seasons spring into action, a new generation of Utah wildlife have begun to birth, hatch and open their eyes on a big new world. But the state’s ongoing drought and breakneck human development have pinched food resources and shrunken natural habitats, steepening animals’ odds of survival. 

For this reason, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah, the state’s largest animal rehabilitation organization, is gearing up for a record year of animal refugees — from coin-size hummingbirds to full-grown bald eagles, along with beaver, otter and porcupine.

“We’re expecting a record year. We’ll take in over 4,000 animals this year and up to 40 new clients a day” during peak months, “and we need to know how to treat over 100 different species,” said Dalyn Marthaler, the center’s director.

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Source:: Deseret News – Utah News


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